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OXON HILL, Md. — Maryland sisters who are furloughed from their government jobs have started a cheesecake business to pay their bills.

WJLA reported that Nikki Howard and Jaqi Wright came up with the idea after Howard made a cheesecake for New Year’s.

Wright said their mother couldn’t believe how good the cake was.

“My mother said, ‘Girl, you could sell these cheesecakes,’” Jaqi said. “And I was like, why don’t we sell the cheesecakes?”

Howard worked with the Food and Drug Administration and Wright with the United States Department of Justice. Both have husbands who can’t work due to disabilities.

“It’s either cry or get up and do something, so we decided to get up and do something,” Howard said.

The sisters have spent the past week launching their business, Furlough Cheesecake, through social media.

Millions of low-income Americans could have a harder time affording food if the partial government shutdown continues into February.

Funding for food stamps, school lunches and nutrition for pregnant women and young children is expected to run out next month if the impasse isn’t resolved, experts say.

The federal government partially shut down last month after lawmakers and the White House failed to reach an agreement on the amount of border wall money to include in a must-pass spending package.

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